| The subject of this article is non-canonical.|
While created as part of licensed material, it has not been confirmed as part of the "real" Buffyverse continuity.
Coyote Moon was a novel based on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
It's summer vacation in Sunnydale and the carnival has come to town. At the carnival Willow and Xander hook up with two carnies but Buffy sense something evil about them and she thinks it has something to do with the sudden influx of coyotes in the area. Eventually Buffy learns that the carnies are skinwalkers and that they are in town to raise Spurs Hardaway, their old master, from his grave in one of Sunnydale's cemeteries. Buffy has to stop these werecoyotes before Willow and Xander become their victims.
- Buffy Summers
- Xander Harris
- Willow Rosenberg
- Rupert Giles
- Cordelia Chase
- Rose (werecoyote)
- Lonnie (werecoyote)
- Hopscotch (werecoyote)
- Dr. Henshaw (friendly doctor)
- Spurs Hardaway (villain)
- This novel is supposed to take place between the first and second season of Buffy. However, the novel indicates that Buffy spends her summer in Sunnydale, while the show has Buffy in LA with her father during the summer, so the novel is totally non-canon.
- The book is likely an homage to The Wolf Man, with American carnies instead of Romani and skinwalkers instead of lycanthropy to suit the change in setting from Europe to America.
- The book is the second in a trilogy of standalone novels using the theme of "Cowboys and Indians", along with Halloween Rain and Night of the Living Rerun. It is the most overt entry in the trilogy, containing numerous in-text comparisons between the narrative and western films, using literal cowboys who stole magic from Navajo medicine men as the antagonists, and ending the book with an homage to the classic western film Shane, where a morally ambiguous anti-hero ally wanders off into the distance to die on his own terms.
Behind the scenes
- Dutch: "Nacht van de Prairiewolf " (Night of the Coyote)
- German: "Die Hexer von Sunnydale" (The Warlocks of Sunnydale)